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House Proceeding on Jul 26th, 2007 :: 0:43:58 to 0:47:26
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Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:41:46 to 0:43:58( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:43:45 to 0:43:58( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: work, and for them to expend as apparently they have, tens of thousands of dollars in some sort of a lawsuit as a result of this eeoc litigation, i think, quite honestly, it is an absolute

Cliff Stearns

0:43:58 to 0:44:11( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: travesty. so i'm pleased to yield some time, mr. chairman to the sponsor of the bill. and i commend him and others for supporting this bill. the chairman: the gentleman is recognized. >> i thank

Cliff Stearns

0:43:58 to 0:47:26( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Cliff Stearns

Cliff Stearns

0:44:11 to 0:44:20( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the distinguished chairman and let me answer some of the criticism from that side of the aisle. mr. mollohan from west virginia talked about this is not a recent problem that all administrations,

Cliff Stearns

0:44:20 to 0:44:30( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the eeoc has been following this pattern, and that's not true. the gentlelady from tennessee pointed out that there's been a 612% increase since 1996. in fact, there's been a large increase

Cliff Stearns

0:44:30 to 0:44:44( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: more recently. so this is not something that has been going on for the last 40 years. it is a more recent phenomenon. so we here in congress should realize that we have every right to prejudge.

Cliff Stearns

0:44:44 to 0:44:57( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: we have three equal branches of congress, executive, judicial, and congress. we have the right to say to the eeoc, which is a government agency, the priorities that you're establishing are

Cliff Stearns

0:44:57 to 0:45:14( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: wrong. i mean, as i pointed out earlier, this particular agency has a 54,000 case backlog, and it looks like it will go very shortly to 64,000. it will be a 10,000 case increase. now, should

Cliff Stearns

0:45:14 to 0:45:28( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: they spend all of their time trying to intimidate employers? employers simply want to hire employees that speak english. and are they going to be so scared that when they hire this employee they're

Cliff Stearns

0:45:28 to 0:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: going to be sued by the eeoc because they're saying to the employee, we think that it will be a help for you to speak english to our customers. as the salvation army did, we'll send you to a class

Cliff Stearns

0:45:43 to 0:45:53( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: for one year, and you can learn english. we'll hire you, we'll let you be trained, and hopefully after a year, you will be able to be conversing in english. these people didn't follow through.

Cliff Stearns

0:45:53 to 0:46:08( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: they didn't go to this class. so what did the salvation army do? they said, ok, we're going to have to fire you. they counseled them, talk to them, and said we're going to have to let you go

Cliff Stearns

0:46:08 to 0:46:28( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: because you're not speaking english proficiently enough so that our customers can understand you. here we are an organization that simply has a mission to help and serve people and we can't

Cliff Stearns

0:46:28 to 0:46:50( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: communicate with you people because you cannot speak english, so will you please going to go to this class that we're going to pay for and help you with? these people would not go, so they're

Cliff Stearns

0:46:50 to 0:47:03( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: fired, and so now the eoc is saying to its -- eeoc is saying to its agency, this is the highest priority. we're going to forget the 54,000 cases backlogged here in america and we're going to

Cliff Stearns

0:47:03 to 0:47:18( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: go after the salvation army. god help us is the words that mr. obey used. god help us if employers in this country cannot hire employees that speak english. this is nothing morally wrong

Cliff Stearns

0:47:18 to 0:47:26( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: or constitutionally wrong. this is congress saying, set your priorities, eeoc, let the employers hire people who speak english and we support the concept of what the eeoc is trying to do is enact

0:47:26 to 0:47:47( Edit History Discussion )

civil legislation against people discriminated in the workplace. we understand. we accept that. this is a case of priorities. this is a case of congress having every right as an equal branch

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